This qualification is quite different from other courses as it enables you to undertake independent research in a topic that you find interesting
Past students have explored a wide range of subjects including; The Morality of Dr Who, an exploration into and then writing of a play, (including casting and dramatisation) based on the novel, The Woman in Black and most recently, a research project to determine whether International Law concerning Medical Personnel is still fit for purpose in times of war.
So, if you’ve ever had a secret passion to study Himalayan mountain sheep, the philosophy of Sartre, or another topic that is not covered by your A Levels, then this is the course for you. Your finished project can be: a written report, a performance, a piece of art, a community project, a video or even computer software.
An EPQ is about half the size of an A Level and has the following UCAS points attributed ranging from 8 UCAS points for a grade E and up to 28 for a grade A*.
Many universities welcome the EPQ for its evidence of a student’s ability to undertake extensive independent work and many universities may give a reduced university offer.
Completing an EPQ will require you to spend a few hours a week undertaking research and documenting your progress in a Production Log, developing your ‘time management’ skills with respect to managing your project will be essential. You will meet with your Supervisor every two weeks to discuss your progress, undertake some taught sessions/tutorials incorporating the delivery of essential study skills, and 1-to-1 sessions where specific project guidance and research tools may be required. If you anticipate you have the drive and dedication and passion, we would welcome your application.
A minimum of a Grade 6 in English Language, (or IELTS equivalent) will be required to support the report writing element of the qualification, (a report of either 2000 or 5000 words will be submitted depending on the project); for a performance-based project a minimum of a B in the relevant GCSE subject, (or Music Grade 5, LAMDA Gold/Merit).
If you are interested in completing an Extended Project Qualification, please email Mrs Knighton-Callister and your application will be considered.
You can commence an EPQ during Year 12 or Year 13 of your Sixth Form studies, and following an initial meeting and agreement of an appropriate project title you will be required to meet in full the objectives below to achieve a successful outcome.
To meet the Assessment Objectives you will need to evidence/illustrate the following:
AO1 – Manage
Identify, design, plan, and complete an individual project, or task within a group project; applying organisational skills and strategies.
AO2 – Use Resources/Research
Obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply relevantly and then demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of your topic.
AO3 – Develop and Realise
Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies, to solve problems, to consider decisions critically, creatively and sometimes flexibly.
AO4 – Review
Evaluate your outcomes including your own learning and performance; also select and use a range of communication skills and media to convey and present all of your research evidence and conclusions.
How do Universities view EPQ projects?
Most, if not all universities view the Extended Project Qualification very positively and they recognise it provides applicants an opportunity to develop independent study and research skills, and although is not a compulsory element of post-16 study some universities may include it in the conditions of an offer made to you. If you choose to undertake an EPQ we would strongly encourage you to draw upon this experience within your personal statement, as it may be taken into account when they consider your application. Competing an EPQ will offer you a unique opportunity to develop essential skills for higher education and the workplace, for example it can:
Help you to develop and improve your own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners.
Allow you to apply decision making and where appropriate problem solving skills.
Extend your planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
Use your learning experiences to support your personal aspirations for higher education and career development.